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Hampton Gardens is a brand new secondary school which is due to open in September 2017 and will serve the communities of Yaxley, Cambridgeshire and Hampton, Peterborough. The school will eventually accommodate 1200 students in Years 7-11 and 300 Post-16 students.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering was awarded the ground engineering contract on behalf of main contractor Carillion to provide the driven piling foundations to support the main buildings. When complete, the school will include some outstanding facilities including a 3G All-Weather sports pitch, Amphitheatre and an impressive Learning Resource Centre which features a full height glazed wall.

Using its own Banut 700, Aarsleff installed 323no 250/300mm square precast concrete piles of 16m driven into very stiff ground. Due to the hard clay and the majority of made ground consisting of Pulverised Fuel Ash Fill (PFA), Aarsleff carried out Dynamic Load Tests before commencing with main piling works in order to take into account the negative skin friction in regards to pile capacity.

Aside from the main school facilities, the community will also benefit from Hampton Gardens’ Sports Hall, Drama and Dance Studio and the external sports facilities.

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